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Car Insurance In Washington State
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: June 10, 2020

A recent study revealed that a shocking amount of people in Washington State are driving around without car insurance. According to the Insurance Research Council's analysis, nearly 20% of motorists driving on the roadways are uninsured, ranking Washington as one of the worst states in the nation for uninsured drivers. Did you know that failing to show proof of car insurance is considered a traffic infraction? To legally drive in the state of Washington, drivers are required by law to have car insurance and must be prepared to show proof of it to law enforcement at any time when operating their vehicle. Those who drive without car insurance can receive…Read More

Speeding Too Fast For Conditions Ticket
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: April 28, 2020

In the state of Washington, basic speeding tickets are not an uncommon occurrence, but many drivers have been surprised when finding out that they've been issued a lesser-known variety of infraction called a "Speeding Too Fast for Conditions" ticket. This type of ticket is common among drivers who got into an accident and were cited for driving too fast for roadway conditions. While there are times when the posted speed limit can be considered unsafe, like in the event of inclement weather impacting roadways, the confusing twist with this type of infraction is that drivers can be ticketed even if they were not speeding and were traveling at the legally…Read More

How To Beat A Speeding Ticket In Washington State
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: April 16, 2020

We all know that sinking feeling when you are cruising down I-5, and all of a sudden, you see a Washington State Trooper sitting on the side of the road. You instantly look down at your speedometer and see your speeding. Your foot immediately slams on your brakes, hoping to avoid a costly speeding ticket. As you pass the Trooper, you look back in your rear-view mirror, and your stomach drops as you see the Trooper pulling out. In a matter of seconds, you see those colorful flashing lights in your rear-view mirror and realize you're busted, about to be pulled over by a Washington State Trooper, and given a…Read More

Do I Have To Report The Accident I Was Involved In
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: January 23, 2020

Car accidents can happen to the best of us. And in many instances, reporting your accident seems like an obvious course of action to take, but what if the accident was only minor? Some of the most common auto accidents are minor “fender benders”, where the collision didn’t cause any injuries to the drivers or passengers but may have resulted in slight property damage, like scratches or dents, to the vehicles. Many people in this situation wonder if it’s necessary to report this type of accident. Here’s what you need to know: Do You Need To Report The Accident To Law Enforcement? According to Washington State Law (RCW 46.52.030) any…Read More

  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: November 28, 2019

Drivers in Washington State are no strangers to state driving tolls. As new driving tolls have recently gone into effect, I wanted to take a moment to go over the current state of tolls throughout the State. I want to warn drivers of a new traffic infraction that I see being cited with more frequency by the Washington State Patrol, Failure to Pay Toll Facility under RCW 46.61.690.1A . In 2007, the Washington State Department of Transportation began implementing tolls on roads and bridges in an attempt to help fund new projects and maintain current infrastructure across the state. Advocates of tolls say they are an innovative tool used for not only funding major…Read More

Washington State map
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: August 19, 2019

As of July 28, 2019, new HOV lane laws went into effect increasing penalties for HOV and carpool lane violators in Washington State. Beginning this summer, drivers caught misusing HOV lanes will not only be penalized with paying higher fines, but now will also face an entirely new fine if caught using the carpool lane with a dummy, doll, or other decoy posing as a passenger in an attempt to utilize the HOV lane. Under Senate Bill 5695, the state Legislature approved penalty increases for violators of HOV lanes, as well as high occupancy toll (HOT) and express toll lanes (ETL) regulations. Changes to the HOV law now include: Raising the…Read More

Drowsy Driving – 4 Common Risk Factors And Warning Signs
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: November 14, 2017

While you may not realize it, drowsy driving is a big problem on our nation’s roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than 100,000 vehicle crashes are caused by drowsy driving each year. You’d likely be hardpressed to find a driver these days that has not gotten behind the wheel at some point knowing that they were a bit too tired to drive. With the constant demands of living in a 24/7 society, it can be difficult to maintain a routine sleep pattern and make sure you are getting enough rest on a daily basis. We all know it is not easy but it is important. State…Read More

Halloween Safety Tips
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: October 31, 2017

Have you picked out your costume yet? Have you planned out your Trick-or-Treat route for this year? Tomorrow is Halloween, and it is by far one of my favorite holidays to celebrate, especially in the Pacific Northwest. There are so many local events and activities to check out in the area. If you are still looking for something ghoulish to do, I recommend taking a look at this article from the South Sound Magazine: Tacoma’s Best Halloween Activities for some ideas. Even if you don’t plan on going out for Halloween this year, there can still be a lot of stress surrounding the holiday. Whether you are focused on making sure you…Read More

National Teen Driver Safety Week: The Frightening Reality Of Teen Driving!
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: October 20, 2017

In case you haven’t heard, this week is National Teen Driver Safety Week. This annual initiative established by Congress in 2007, is dedicated to raising awareness and gaining community involvement in an effort to create and encourage safer driving habits among teens. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle crashes have historically been, and still remain, the number one cause of teen deaths each year. In 2015 alone, over 2,300 teens in the United States ages 16 to 19 were killed and over 220,000 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes in 2014. While these staggering numbers can be quite…Read More

New Distracted Law Approved By Washington State Lawmakers
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: April 18, 2017

Holding a cellphone whilе driving becomes illegal this month on July 23, 2017. The new law bans the use of handheld devices while driving, even if you are stopped at a red light. That means no texting, no holding your phone to look at your GPS, no checking your social media and no more Snapchatting. Originally, the bill was slated to go into effect in 2019. However, Gоv. Jау Inѕlее accelerated the new law by vetoing a compromise that had been reached by the Legislature back in May of this year. Currеnt lаw оnlу рrоhibitѕ texting оr holding a phone tо thе ear whilе driving, but under thе new law,…Read More

  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: August 19, 2016

Receiving a DWI charge can be an incredibly stressful time, both for first-time and repeat offenders as it carries with it severe legal ramifications. Receiving a DWI while driving a company car is simply rife with consequences on multiple fronts. Let’s begin with company consequences. In a DWI/DUI situation involving a company car, the company in question retains the right to determine their own series of consequences or courses of action for the employee. Generally, company policy regarding this scenario can usually be found in the employee handbook or employment agreement, and it will have been signed by the employee before he/she began driving their company car. As an employer,…Read More